Are India’s new anti-rape laws working?

Published on November 30, 2019 by

The Indian government has toughened some of its laws to reduce crimes against women following the rape of a woman on a bus in New Delhi in 2012.
Changes in the law, including tougher sentencing for rape, do not appear to have had any noticeable effect in reducing crimes against women.
In 2013, the prison term for rapists was doubled to 20 years.
Actions including voyeurism, stalking and trafficking of women were also classified as offences.
And Parliament voted to lower the age suspects could be tried for rape and other sexual offences from 18 to 16.
But the latest official figures show nearly 39,000 women and girls were raped in India in 2016, including more than 2,000 below the age of 12.

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